Cllr Mary Martin
I have lived in West Swindon since 1994 and my children attended local primary and secondary schools. I live an work in the ward and am lucky to live close enough to cycle to work. Like many of you I pick up litter and trim brambles on my way through the local streets. It really does make a difference.
I was first elected for the Toothill and Westlea ward on Swindon Borough Council in 2000 and have represented Shaw Ward since 2014. I was very involved when Shaw Forest was being built and am really pleased at what an asset it has become to the area.
In my role as cabinet member for communities, I was responsible for setting up the new Parish Councils and in West Swindon the benefits are well established. I feel very strongly that Parish Councils are best placed to deliver local services and was pleased to be elected to the new council. We increased the frequency of grass cutting and have installed many new litter bins. We are carrying out major playground maintenance and a complete update for the playground in Middleleaze. We have commissioned an additional 16 library hours per week.
In May 2018, I became cabinet member for children and school attainment. It is an extemely busy portfolio that includes children’s social services, children with special educational needs and disabilities, and children who are looked after by the council. I’m responsible for ensuring that all our children are safe and get the best chance in life.
Cllr Nick Martin
I have lived in Middleleaze since 1994. Both my sons attended local schools. I was a governor at Lydiard Park Academy (Greendown) for nearly 20 years and I am committed to making sure every local child has the best education opportunities on their doorstep. I was first elected to the Council in 1983 and am proud to represent the residents of Shaw. I was very involved in putting the lake back in Lydiard Park, the skatepark in Westlea, and creating Shaw Forest.
Salt Way field was a very special project for me, I got agreement to open it for public use then tidied the hedgerows and helped remove the old fencing to improve accessibility. You will often find me working with fellow residents in Peatmoor Copse to improve this lovely woodland area.
I became a Parish Councillor because the very important local services such as street cleaning and grass cutting are dear to my heart. I have made sure that we maintain and improve the levels of service for litter picking and street cleaning. We increased grass cutting to every three weeks and have put in many new litter bins. We are carrying out major playground maintenance and a complete update for the playground in Middleleaze. We have commissioned an additional 16 library hours per week. We have a beautiful network of footpaths and green corridors and the Parish Council will continue to maintain these.
Cllr Keith Williams
I am a resident of the ward, having lived in West Swindon since 1997. I have been a Borough Councillor here since 2006 and was previously Chair of the local Residents’ Association. My children attended Brook Field Primary School, and my wife and I have run the chess club there for the past ten years. I work as an IT Manager for a West Swindon-based company so I truly live and work within the area. We live in one of the greenest and most attractive parts of Swindon and I am delighted to serve residents here.
Lydiard Park is a wonderful place for all the family and I volunteer at the parkrun there on Saturday mornings. I am the cabinet member responsible for Lydiard and took the decision that the Borough Council should run the conference centre after the previous management contract expired.
I was elected to the new West Swindon Parish Council in 2017. I have a very hands-on approach, for example for litter-picking and graffiti, two of the services being taken on by the new Parish Council..